Panera’s Charged Lemonade Is Packed With Caffeine—Here’s What a Dietitian Thinks of It


For those who’ve been on TikTok this month, you’ll have heard individuals speaking a few viral new drink on provide at Panera Bread referred to as Charged Lemonade. It is available in three flavors, every of which incorporates huge quantities of caffeine and added sugar.

Content material creator Sarah Baus posted a video in regards to the Mango Yuzu Citrus taste on December 8, and shared the impact the drink had on her. Within the video, Baus explains that she likes doing work at Panera Bread—which, notably, gives free refills on drinks—versus working from dwelling. She goes on to say that, throughout latest work periods, she’s discovered herself getting “4 or 5” refills of Charged Lemonade. However after studying what, precisely, is within the drink, she was floored: “This needs to be unlawful,” she says within the video.

So…what’s the cope with Charged Lemonade? The Mango Yuzu Citrus and Strawberry Lemon Mint varieties every include a whopping 260 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per 20-ounce serving, whereas the third possibility, the Fuji Apple Cranberry taste, is available in at a mere 259 mg. (To place that into context, an 8-ounce cup of espresso usually accommodates anyplace between 80 to 100 mg of caffeine. An 8.4-ounce Red Bull has 80 mg of caffeine, whereas different vitality drinks can usually go as much as 250 mg per serving.) 

Moreover, the Mango Yuzu Citrus Charged Lemonade accommodates 82 grams of sugar; the opposite two flavors include 65 grams. (FYI: The max quantity of added sugar an individual ought to intention to have in a day is 25 to 36 grams, per the American Heart Association.)

Remember the fact that these numbers account for one 20-ounce “common” serving of Charged Lemonade—if Baus actually did drink 5 regular-size cups of the Mango Yuzu Citrus taste in a row, she’d have consumed a staggering 1,300 mg of caffeine and 410 grams of sugar. For reference, you’d must drink greater than eight tall Americanos from Starbucks to devour that a lot caffeine and eat almost three pints of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream to soak up that a lot sugar. “I made a decision I’m going to water them down,” Baus jokes after explaining what she discovered about Charged Lemonade. “I really feel just like the Hulk.”

Whereas ingesting Charged Lemonade isn’t essentially harmful, per se, it might be brutal for those who’re significantly delicate to caffeine, Keri Gans, a New York–based mostly registered dietitian nutritionist and writer of The Small Change Diet, tells SELF. “It’s very individualized,” Gans says, explaining that caffeine affects people differently. For instance, some individuals have to chop themselves off after two small-ish cups of espresso every morning, however different individuals can drink espresso effectively into the night and nonetheless handle to go to sleep at an inexpensive hour.  

The identical goes for the caffeine content material in Charged Lemonade, in line with Gans. “Some individuals, that one serving may have no impact on them. Different individuals might positively get the jitters; they might get anxious,” she says. You need to attempt to cap your caffeine consumption at 400 mg per day, per the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA). Which means if a single Charged Lemonade is the one caffeinated drink you’ve got in a day, you’ll in all probability be superb (except you already know you’re extremely delicate to caffeine). However for those who get a refill and/or have just a few cups of espresso earlier than or after you down one, you is likely to be overdoing it. 

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